* The Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University (SU) last week announced that the Mandy Rossouw Bursary for 2016 has been awarded to Nation Nyoka, 26, right, a BA Honours Journalism student at the university.
The bursary, to the value of R40 000, was instituted in 2013 by friends and colleagues of the late journalist, Mandy Rossouw, and is awarded to a female BA Honours Journalism student with an interest in politics. The bursary goes towards covering class fees of the recipient. Ms Nyoka hails from Johannesburg and completed an undergraduate degree in Media Studies at Rhodes University. “I am very humbled,” said Ms Nyoka. “I hope I can live up to the journalistic integrity that Ms Rossouw set as a precedent.” She said she hopes to leave a similar long-lasting impression on the political journalistic sphere.
Ms Rossouw, an alumnus of the Department of Journalism, was well-known as a renowned political reporter and the first journalist who wrote about the Nkandla saga. She passed away at the age of 33, in March 2013.
The 2016 selection panel included, amongst others, Waldimar Pelser (editor-in-chief, Rapport), Adriaan Basson (editor: News24), Ferial Haffajee (editor: City Press) and Mandy’s sister, Megan Rossouw.